Construction of five affordable housing units in Kent began this month and is expected to take six to eight months.

Kent Affordable Housing will kick off construction of the units during a ceremony at 3 p.m. July 14.

The units are next to the five Stuart Farm Apartments developed by Kent Affordable Housing on Maple Street Extension. After residents of the first phase of Stuart Farm Apartments were settled in early 2013, work began on Phase II.

The five units will consist of two two-bedroom units and three one-bedroom units, one of which will be handicapped-accessible. Veterans will be offered priority for two of the units.

Applications for funding was assisted by Housing Enterprises Inc.

Rental applications will be available toward the end of 2017 to applicants who meet the income requirements, and occupancy is expected in the spring.

All five apartments will be built to the highest environmental specifications with prime insulation and Energy Star appliances, the company said.

Kent Affordable Housing hopes to raise additional funds for solar panels to supply some electricity, helping to lower tenants’ utility costs.

Individuals and families interested in the Stuart Farms Apartments may ask to be placed on a list through Income restrictions apply and those with Section 8 vouchers are welcome.

Applications for rentals will be available on a specific date toward the end of 2017, and will require financial and background checks. Rents will be approximately $450, $900 and $1,200 for families making up to 25 percent, 50 percent and 80 percent of Area Median Income.

Matching residents with apartments will be completed in the order that applications are submitted.